A better, more secure way to privately "email." BitMessage!Submitted by TwinTurbo on Mon, 08/19/2013 - 04:25
As we are all well aware, just about everything is compromised when it comes to all of the big corporations according to the PRISM document as well as other recent revelations.
So what's a person to do? How do we keep our personal mail exchanges private?
By far the simplest and arguably the best way is to use a little known program called "BitMessage!"
http://bitmessage.org - Download it, save it to your desktop or a USB key and run it! There's nothing to install!
It is decentralized, meaning there is no mail provider like AOL, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, etc. You are your own provider.
BitMessage is loosely based on the Bitcoin protocol, which also has a focus on removing control from a central point of failure.
It is Open Source. There is no secret code within that may be funneling your information elsewhere or letting others eavesdrop on your communications.
BitMessage is NOT e-mail, but it works like e-mail in a way. The difference is that every message you send is copied and redistributed by everyone. Likewise, you get a copy of every message everyone sends and your computer helps distribute as well. The key though, is only messages intended for your recipient can be read by your recipient. To everyone else, it's just garbage. The second great thing about BitMessage is that it is almost impossible (or perhaps is) to determine where the message originated from and who it is being sent to. Everything is encrypted with Elliptic Curve encryption, which is even stronger than traditional encryption schemes.
You can generate as many identities as you wish and assign names to them to keep track of who you give them to.